God and Caesar (Again)
by Cal Thomas
"Well, then," Jesus said, "give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God." (Mark 12:17 Living Paraphrase)
When considering what belongs to Caesar and what belongs to God, what happens when the federal government seeks to replace God by defining "church" and when life begins to have value, the latter having been done in Roe vs. Wade and subsequent court rulings?
While there are other issues in the
To review quickly for those who haven't been paying attention, the owners of
Let's consider the arguments before the Court and the response of some of the justices.
"At oral arguments," writes the
I put that question to Professor Joshua D. Hawley of the
Specifically addressing the comment by Justices Kagan and Sotomayor, Hawley says the compelling interest standard "would likely work to defeat many other religious objections," including for blood transfusions and vaccines, because "the government could almost certainly show that it had a compelling interest in requiring businesses to pay for life-saving procedures and treatments, including antibiotics." Hawley notes the RFRA, signed by President Bill Clinton, has been on the books since 1993 and there has not been a flood of civil exemptions.
Justice Anthony Kennedy may have come up with the best compromise. He asked Clement why
Come to think of it, that approach makes sense for everyone. Unfortunately, it is not the one-size-fits-all approach of the Obama administration, its Affordable Care Act and its apparent march toward a single-payer health plan, which is and always has been the liberal left's goal.
Caesar needs to get back on his side of the church-state line, which the left freely invokes when it claims the church is trespassing on the state's territory. Secular progressives seem less concerned when the state crosses the line in the other direction and seeks to impose its will on people of faith.
It's going to take a
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"God and Caesar (Again)"